Julie Kagawa’s Iron Raven: Evenfall
My review for The Iron Raven will post later in the blog tour. Have I read the Iron Fey series? No. But Fae. Plus. Puck. Puck from Shakespeare’s Midnight Summer’s Dream. You couldn’t hold me back from The Iron Fey with wild horses. While the tea will be spilled, in full, in the review. For those who haven’t read the original series? Let me be clear. It doesn’t matter. The Iron Raven, which releases tomorrow, February 9th, is a fun, layered Fae ride. And as most know, I take my fae novels very seriously. You don’t mess with the fae. When I was granted time with Julie Kagawa for this interview, I was thrilled.
I want to ask this question first, for context. I did not read the original Iron Fey series and had absolutely no issue being consumed by The Iron Raven from the very first word. My questions going forward will be coming from that context. Can you please talk to your long time fans and those new to this world that are interested in The Iron Raven the series, The Iron Fey: Evenfall. How will each group enjoy the series differently and/or similarly?
For old fans, I’m hoping it will be pure nostalgia. That everything they enjoyed about the first series will be present in this new adventure. Also, fans of the Iron Fey have been wanting a Puck book for a long time, so I hope they will love the Iron Raven. For readers new to the series, I hope I’ve explained the world and everything that has happened in it well enough so they won’t need to read the first series to enjoy this one. Reading the first series will give a lot of backstory to many of the events that happen in Iron Raven, but it shouldn’t be essential.
I am a huge fan of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Puck. How much influence did the play and character have on The Iron Raven? Will that grow or diminish throughout the series?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I love the characters of Puck and Oberon, and how the bard showcased the way faeries think and act in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Obviously, these two have known each other for a long time, but in The Iron Raven, it is finally explained how these two ancient fey first met. Their relationship is complicated, and I hope echoes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be present in The Iron Raven, and remind readers of what the fey are capable of.
THE FEY…. Don’t ???? mess ????with ????the ????fey…. this is one of my favorite things to say…. Except, with the Iron Raven, they are all fey! And that is fantastic… they even say it to each other when offering deals. They are a couple made that I’m still waiting to come back around later in the series! And I can only imagine there is more to come. So…. how do you work between the trickery of the fey when it is all there are, really? No one can really trust each other… even though a couple of bonds of forming. Some cant even trust themselves.
It’s not as difficult as one might think. Remember, with the exception of Meghan, all the fey protagonists have been around awhile. They know the ins and outs of Faery, how to bargain and make deals, and when something is too good to be true. It’s really second nature for them to be cautious and look for hidden meanings when dealing with their own kind. Bargaining and deal-making are just a part of who they are. So the older fey knows to be cautious, but they also know that’s just how life is in the Nevernever.
As for the main four—Puck, Ash, Meghan, and Grim—they have been through so much together already that they do trust each other, as much as one can in Faery. Granted, there is a lot of history between Ash and Puck, and everyone knows Grimalkin will always ask for something in return for his help, but for the most part, they are all fast friends who would do anything for one another. Or, at least they would in normal circumstances. In Faery, however, you can never take normal for granted.
About Julie Kagawa
JULIE KAGAWA is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and internationally bestselling author of The Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, The Talon Saga, and the Shadow of the Fox series. Born in Sacramento, she has been a bookseller and an animal trainer and enjoys reading, painting, playing in her garden, and training in martial arts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and a plethora of pets. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.http://juliekagawa.com/